Some early Christian thinkers such as Tertullian were of the view that any intrusion of secular philosophical reason into theological reflection was out of order.
Some early Christian thinkers such as Tertullian were of the view that any intrusion of secular philosophical reason into theological reflection was out of order.Thus, even if certain theological claims seemed to fly in the face of the standards of reasoning defended by philosophers, the religious believer should not flinch. Augustine of Hippo, argued that philosophical reflection complemented theology, but only when these philosophical reflections were firmly grounded in a prior intellectual commitment to the underlying truth of the Christian faith.
It introduces some of the arguments in my book The Savage Text.
View it here, or follow the link to the Reform archive. Some secular writers now think that the pursuit of happiness is not just something people want: how to get it has become a science! Members of the United Reformed Church have a group (a 'caucus') in the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. 2009 Newsletter which was about Inclusive Readings of Scripture.
While it is addressed directly to them, it provides a useful introduction to what Christian marriage is all about. It is a good introduction to my thinking about marriage. This essay is an assault on the notion of 'impaired communion', suggesting that 'a loathing of lesbigay people and their sex lives is the real source of impaired communion'. I had long made the argument that academies with a Christian foundation can only emphasise their distinctiveness in a plural environment by ... In December 2003 the Church of England House of Bishops Group on Issues in Human Sexuality published their discussion document, 'Some Issues in Human Sexuality - a guide to the debate'.
This article is a contribution to the 'discussion'.
While welcoming this, I describe the huge religious and moral ... I gave this talk to an audience of interested Christians at South St. It is about taking the Bible seriously, yet not literally.
It is based on some of the themes of my book The Savage Text including the principles for a peaceable reading of the Bible.
I first question whether the document is a guide and whether the quarrels between Anglicans are best designated a ... Central to the Christian understanding of sex is, of course, the institution of marriage, and this has become for many, a great stumbling block. ' Both were published in the journal Modern Believing in 2003.
In this first of two articles, written for the journal Modern Believing (Jan. 2003) I commend marriage, but in a way that makes it good news for Christians whether they are married, no longer married, ... It investigates whether sexual relationships other than marriage can also be paths to holiness. Living together before marriage was a big issue in the early noughties.
I had no idea about the storm that was to break within the Anglican Communion later in the decade. While it is nearly ten years old, I think most of the points it makes are still fresh.
The Government had just published a document 'Sex and Relationship Education Guidance'.